Survey of Student Support for Plant-Based Meals on SFU Campus
Principal Investigator:
Name: Sarah McBain
Faculty: Sustainable Business
Course: SD 494 - Sustainable Development Directed Studies
Contact: smcbain@sfu.ca

Faculty Supervisor:
Name: Dr. Gretchen Ferguson
Faculty: Associate Director for the Centre for Sustainable Development
Contact: gha13@sfu.ca

Partner Organization:
Name: Ruth Elizabeth Briggs
Organization: Programs Manager, Embark
Contact: programs@embarksustainability.org

Why are we doing this study?
The purpose of this study is to gather student feedback on the perceptions of plant-based meal options on SFU campus. The results from this survey will be used to inform Embark about the level of student support for an initiative to increase plant-based meals on campus by 20%.

Study Procedures:
If you decide to take part in this research study, you will be asked questions about your awareness, perception, the barriers to access that you face, and feedback on the availability of plant-based meals on SFU campus.

What is Embark?
Embark is an independent, student-led not-for-profit based out of Simon Fraser University that empowers the next generation of student sustainability leaders.

Voluntary Participation:
Your participation is voluntary. You have the right to refuse to participate in this study. If you decide to participate, you may still choose to withdraw from the study at any time without any negative consequences to the education, employment, or other services to which you are entitled or are presently receiving.

Are there any risks in taking part in this study?
There are no foreseeable risks to you in participating in this study.

What are the benefits in participating in this study?
By participating in this study you can benefit by potentially increasing the accessibility of plant-based meals on campus. In addition, your participation in this study will help support an initiative that promotes sustainability on SFU campus.

Will your identity be Confidential?
Your identity will be confidential. Information that discloses your identity will not be asked from you as part of this survey.

Withdrawal:
You may withdraw from this study at any time without giving reasons and with no effects on grades, employment etc.

“Plant-based” Definition: A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods that are derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.
Questions about Consumption of Food in General:
The following question are about consumption of food in general
1. When deciding on a meal to consume: a) How often do you think about the impact it has on the environment and climate? *
1. When deciding on a meal to consume: b) How often are you concerned about its impact it has on your health? *
1. When deciding on a meal to consume: c) How often do you think about the price of the meal? *
2. On average, what percentage of all food items that you consume are primarily or completely plant-based? *
10 % or less
100%
Questions about Consumption of Food On SFU Campus:
The following questions are about consumption of food on SFU Campus
3. Of food items that you consume on campus what percent are primarily or entirely plant based? *
10% or less
100%
4. How satisfied are you with the availability of plant-based food items on campus? *
5. If there were more plant-based food items on campus: a) How frequently would you increase your consumption of them? *
5. If there were more plant-based food items on campus: b) If you indicated that you would increase your consumption of plant-based food items on campus, how often would this change be based on benefiting your health?
5. If there were more plant-based items on campus: c) If you indicated that you would increase your consumption of plant-based food times on campus, how often would this change be based on trying to reduce environmental impacts?
Barriers to Consumption of Plant Based Meals on Campus
The following questions are about barriers to consumption of plant-based meals on campus
6. Check the barriers that get in the way of consuming plant based meals on campus. *
Required
7. What would you like to see more of in plant-based meals? (Check all that apply) *
Required
8. List the specific plant based meals currently available that you would like to see offered on campus.
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We encourage you to add any additional comments you might have about plant-based meals on SFU campus.
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